Mary Ann "Polly" Adkins

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Mary Ann "Polly" Adkins (Willis)

Also Known As: "Willis"
Birthplace: Montgomery, now, Giles County, Virginia, United States
Death: after January 14, 1887
Union Township, Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States (Measles )
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Willis and Sally Sally Plumley
Wife of Parker Adkins
Mother of Elizabeth Smith; Sarah Ann Plumley and Comer "Cumberland" Adkins
Sister of Lovey Willis and Mathias Willis

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About Mary Ann "Polly" Adkins

Mary Ann "Polly" Willis (1823 to 1887) was the (perhaps) a daughter of James Willis and Sally Sally Plumley. She was the 2nd wife of Parker Adkins (d 1857). His pension file writes she was a widow Willis 1st.

Children have been wrongly attributed to them. More likely they were



Mary Ann Willis Adkins was born in September, 1823. She was a daughter of James Willis and Sarah Plumley. She married as Parker Adkins' second wife on March 5, 1851 in Raleigh County, West Virginia. She was sixty years younger than her husband. I have been able to identify two children from this marriage; Elizabeth and Sarah Anne. Mary Ann became a widow about six years later.

Mary Anne was eligible for a widow's pension due to her husband's service in the War of 1812. Her pension application file is very large due to one of her lawyers was investigated and charged with fraud.

Mary Ann was living with her daughter and son-in-law Sarah Anne and Sylvester Plumley when she died on January 14, 1887. Sarah said that her mother had been ill when members of the family contracted measles and she showed symptoms of measles and died, so she thought, of the combined effects of both.

1870 census

  • Mary Adkins
  • Female
  • Birth: Circa 1830 Virginia, United States
  • Residence: June 1 1870 Union Township, Lincoln County, West Virginia, USA
  • Age: 40
  • Race: White

Relation to head Name Age

  • Head (implied) Mary Adkins 40
  • Daughter Sarah A Adkins 15
  • Son Cumberland Adkins 14
  • Daughter Elizabeth Adkins 10
  • Son James Adkins 3

Children attributed to Parker and Mary (Willis) Adkins:

  • 1- Lauden m. Liz Holton.
  • 2- James "Jim" m. Sarah Willis, m.(2) Ellen Rose.
  • 3- Elizabeth b. Raleigh Co. Dec. 20, 1853. m Harvey Smith
  • 4- Sarah m. Sylvester Plumley.
  • 5- Cumberland b. July 9, 1859. (SIC: 1856)


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Mary Ann "Polly" Adkins's Timeline

September 1823
Giles County, Virginia, United States
December 20, 1853
Raleigh County, Virginia
Virginia, United States
July 6, 1856
Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States
Age 46
Lincoln County, West Virginia
January 14, 1887
Age 63
Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States